Asus Xonar Xense 7.1 Soundcard review -
The Xense Bundle is modest, really containing what you need to get going with either the included PC350 headphones or your own speakers.
The Xense bundle offers:
- Xonar Xense 7.1 PCI-E Audio Card
- Sennheiser PC350 Headphones
- S/PDIF optical adaptor
- 6.3mm to 3.5mm stereo adapter
- 7.1 channel audio splitter cable
- Driver CD
- Quick Start Guide
A Closer Look - Xense Soundcard
Thatï¿½ is one sweet looking piece of audio technology. We see the phone jacks for both headphones and microphone connections along with the larger break out cable connector followed by the digital S/Pdif output.
Audio I/O: Headphones
The cards uses the larger ï¿½ï¿½1/4" phone jacks usually seen on high end headphones although the bundle contains an adapter (inset) that allows you to use different headphones or microphones with smaller jacks.
Audio I/O: Multi-Channel
Here we see the surround sound break out cable connected. The card has full surround sound output on the cable allowing you to have both headphones and speakers connected simultaneously.
The S/Pdif digital output features a combo jack which offers both Coax and optical connection to those who want to use a digital component with the Xense such as an external DAC.
The cards internal headers, from left to right are laid out as follows; S/Pdif output, Auxiliary input and front panel audio header. The internal S/Pdif output can be used to connect to a Graphics card with S/Pdif input for HDMI audio output.
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